It’s hard to think of any other year quite like this one when it comes to the bounding excitement of summer. Sure, the final school bells might be ringing a little later than usual thanks to all that snow, but the warm weather is finally here and we’ve got more reason than ever to get out there and enjoy it. Keep that momentum going and don’t wait until the end of June to plan those day, weekend and—if you’re lucky—weeklong trips down to the Shore. To get you started, we’ve traveled up the coast—from Cape May to LBI—to find just some of the events you and your family will want to mark on your calendar (and best of all, most are free).
West Cape May Strawberry Festival, June 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wilbraham Park, (609) 884-9325, WestCapeMayToday.com
Mummers Brigade Weekend, June 13-14 on Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, (609) 374-0562, NorthWildwood.com
Skimmer Weekend, June 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JFK Blvd. and the Promenade, Sea Isle City, (609) 263-8687, VisitSICNJ.com
2nd Annual Avalon Historical Society Family Miniature Golf Competition, June 14, 3:15 p.m. at Pirate Island Miniature Golf, 2738 Dune Drive, Avalon, (856) 967-0090, AvalonHistoryCenter.com
Cape May’s 7th Annual Harbor Fest, June 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Delaware Avenue, Cape May, (609) 884-5508, CapeMayHarborFestival.com
LBI Thank You Fest featuring the Nick Clemons Band and Sean Kingston, June 14-16, events all day along Long Beach Island, LBIThankYouFest.org
International Surfing Day Beach Festival, June 20, 3 to 7 p.m. at the 7th Street Beach, Ocean City, (856) 498-9472, IntlSurfingDay.com
20th Annual North Wildwood Original Italian American Festival, June 27-29, Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, (609) 536-0176, NorthWildwood.com
Cape May Seafood Festival, June 28, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, (609) 884-9525, CapeMaySeafoodFestival.com
Summer Kick-Off Beach Campfire, June 28, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, (609) 494-7211, VisitLBIRegion.com
6th Annual Jazzy Scallop and Seafood Festival, June 28, 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Viking Village, 1808 Bayview Ave., Barnegat Light, (609) 494-0133, VikingVillage.Homstead.com, $25 in advance for adults, $30 day of
Beachstock 2014, June 28, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Margate Beach, Margate, (609) 822-1129, MargateHasMore.com
Phillies Home Run Derby, July 6, noon at Dealy Field, 59th St. and Central, Sea Isle City, (609) 263-0050, VisitSICNJ.com
Sand Sculpting Contest, July 9, 9 a.m. at 6th Street Beach, Ocean City, (609) 399-6111, OCNJ.us
New Jersey State Barbecue Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival, July 11-13, Anglesea Drive, North Wildwood, (609) 523-6565, NJBBQ.com
National Marbles Tournament, July 16-19, 8 a.m. to noon daily at Ringer Stadium, Wildwood Avenue and the Beach, Wildwood, (304) 337-2764, NationalMarblesTournament.org
Crabulous Crab Day, July 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, (609) 368-1211, WetlandsInstitute.org, $10 for non-member adults, $8 for children
Beach Sports Festival featuring LAX, Hockey and Rugby, July 18-20, Wildwood, (609) 522-3900, MoreysPiers.com
New Jersey State Crab Festival, July 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood, (609) 522-0033, NJCrabFestivalIceHouse.com
51st Annual Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt, July 20, 1 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, (609) 884-9565, DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com
60th Annual Night in Venice, July 26, 6 p.m. at Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 525-9300, OCNJ.us
Stone Harbor Arts and Crafts Festival, Aug. 2-3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8100 2nd Ave., Stone Harbor, (609) 368-1751, HACFest.com
Sand Sculpting Contest, Aug. 6, 9 a.m. at 6th Street Beach, Ocean City, (609) 399-6111, OCNJ.us
National Lighthouse Day, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cape May Lighthouse, Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, (609) 884-5404, CapeMayMAC.org
Festival of Lights Boat Parade to celebrate Stone Harbor’s Centennial, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, 9001 Sunset Drive, (609) 368-1201, StoneHarborNJ.org
3rd Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, (609) 884-5404, CapeMayMAC.org
39th Annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to noon at the north-end beach adjacent to the Ocean City/Longport Bridge, Ocean City, (610) 793-1970, OceanCityVacation.com
West Cape May Tomato Festival, Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wilbraham Park, (609) 884-9325, WestCapeMayToday.com
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 3 (May, 2014).
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